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in the united states. welcoming speakers for the director in libya and who spent a long time studying and the professor emeritus of the school on the studies in the university he has many accomplishments and has written many books but flumes the largest achievement as many ph.d. students. he said his apology he won't be liable to attend this conference because of the tragic events of the public messaging on the security situation in libya would be handled by the office of the secretary said he cannot come. we had intended this event for the situation of libya. a discussion of the possible solutions of what has gone on on the ground on the security situation and the academic meeting inviting all of your to express'. and the tragic events of the the situation on the ground and is expected. i did not know three of the four americans murdered yesterday the day before yesterday but had the pleasure to meet chris stevens and to get to know him long enough to make me wish i had the time to call him my friend and the level straightforward person as he is unforgivable and he loved libya in the
known to most of those dispensing the aid. they simply turn a blind eye. except for libya, egypt, and tunisia, where many are saying let's send them money to secularists, now there's a question whether some of that money may be going to radical islamists. with the end of the cold war some were finally cut off. mobutu who i mentioned who comied mr. reid: these atrocious aspects of -- who committed these atrocious aspects of torture. mr. paul: but after 30 years of torturing his own money and stealing everyone blind. foreign aid from developed countries in 2006 totaled $100 billion a year. over the past 50 years, we've given $2 trillion to developed countries in foreign aid. over the past 42 years, easterly states that $568 billion that has flowed to africa, that the per capita growth in income in africa has been flat. in fact, some countries like glimb what abouty where miew gab way was in charge for several decades, the growth rate has been negative. those who say i simply want to help people, help poor people around the world by sending them money, it is stolen by their leaders,
in an attack on the u.s. consolate in libya and would be happy to talk by name about them but their names have not been released at this stage. it does take away how important these jobs are of these foreign service officers. i join president obama in condemning these senseless acts of violence. my thoughts are with the families of those who were killed in this horrible attack it is too often forgotten that american diplomats risk their lives on a daily basis. madam president, when i have had the good fortune since my days in the foreign affairs committee in the house to travel the world, i always make sure wherever i go i visit with foreign service personnel. they're every place. there's no group of people, i tell them that every timist opportunity to visit with them, no one does our country more in a positive sense than these foreign service officers. they work so hard and duty stations most of the times are very, very difficult. take, for example, this good man, ambassador stevens, who was just confirmed a fuel months ago -- a few months ago, he was a peace corps volunteer, he taught englis
was killed in libya and discussed the u.k.'s foreign policy developments with russia, syria, libya and iraq. conservative party member richard onway chaired this meeting, it's about two hours. >> order. can i welcome members of the public to this session of the foreign affairs select committee which is conducting an inquiry into developments in u.k. foreign policy. and i'm delighted to welcome the foreign secretary here, um, as the key witness. it's the fifth time he's given evidence to us in this parliament. the last time was in march of this year. can i, also, welcome his two colleagues, david quarry who's the director of the mideast/north africa division and matthew rye cough who's the operations manager. gentlemen, thank you very much for coming this morning. foreign security, as you might imagine, there's a heck of a lot we could be going through here, and very much want to focus on syria, iran and afghanistan. but we think in light of developments in the last 24 hours of afghanistan, we might start with afghanistan. can i ask the very essential question as to the extent to which you w
the constitution, or we will end up like olivia and egypt -- libya. i know this and say that god bless america. we have a wonderful candidate. let's get behind him. his name is mitt romney. he has these values to restore that which is the jobs that have been lost. he knows how to do it. we just need to get behind them. and i say these things and i hope everybody gets out and votes on november 6 and exercises their vote. >> host: onto the democrat callers, and west hartford, connecticut, it's bill. >> caller: hi, this is built from west hartford, connecticut, and i'm at proud liberal progressive democrat as well as an atheist on religious matters. i want to give the liberal and ago to ribs in a nonreligious people, atheists and agnostics on this values voter summit that i just love. i think they should change their name, for example, my first point, to the impose your values voters by legislation summit. we do have a separation of church and state, a lawless separation of church and state which thomas jefferson and james madison were instrumental with when the constitution was written and ratified,
aid to egypt, pakistan and libya. as i watched our flag being shredded by a gloating mob at the walls of the american embassy in cairo, i shared with fellow hoosiers and americans a sense of sadness and deep anger. that mob and the one that led to the death of four american diplomats in libya, including our ambassador, were those that stormed our embassies throughout the muslim world showed us again how much contempt and disrespect those people have for the united states and for americans. many in those countries clearly still hate us. as displayed on our thrigz this past week, the arab spring is evolving into a very bleak winter. events this past year and especially this past week in the middle east and north africa continue to present us with enormous challenges. we have mishandled them badly. no one should be deluded enough to see it in any other way. the best judge of a policy is the results, and by that measure, our report card is found among the ashes of the consulate in benghazi. the questions the administration and this body must answer soon is how best to react to this failur
libya that we've just lost our brave ambassador and the majority leader wants to have 60 minutes equally divided? and with no one allowed to have any amendments, second-degree, side-by-side? and then says republicans are at fault? well, i tell you, i've watched this senate, i say to the majority leader, deteriorate in a way that's almost spectacular. and now here we are on the day before the majority leader wants us to go out of session and we're supposed to just have a vote on an amendment that has the most profound effect on this nation's security with 60 minutes, equally divided. i don't have a smile on my face. i don't have a smile on my face, i tell the majority leader. i have a look of incredible dismay and disgust. the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: it would seem to me that the senator's concern should be directed towards senator paul, not me. we have -- and it sounds to me that he may vote against the paul amendment, from basically what i heard. and if he's that concerned about it, i think we should get it up and have a -- if he wants more time, we'd be happy t
about the recent attack on the american consulate in libya. here is a look. >> for american foreign aid to be more effective if it has got to embrace the principles that you see in these global initiatives. the power of partnerships, access to the trans formative nature of free enterprise and no leverage of the abundant resources that come in the private sector. i believe there are three legitimate object of foreign aid in this country. first is to address humanitarian needs such as the case of medical treatment to millions suffering from hiv aids. second is to foster a substantial united states strategic interests. perhaps military or diplomatic or economic. third is another purpose and one that i think has to receive much more attention and higher priority. in a romney administration and that is aid that elevates people and brings about lasting change in communities and nations. here is an example. a lot of americans including myself are troubled by developments in the middle east. syria has witnessed the killing of tens of thousands of people. the presidents of egypt is a member of t
the attack on benghazi and clearly condemned these actions against america. contrast that with libya for a moment. libya had an election as well where two-thirds of the libyan people rejected the islamists and they elected pro-western, pro-modern, pro-progress leaders to their government. but unlike egypt, libya doesn't have the ability to protect our consulate as well. they didn't inherit from qadhafi a well-organized security apparatus. in fact, it was one of the reasons why i argued for a more forceful american engag engagemn libya. i didn't want the conflict to last that long. that protracted and long conflict in lib ya what it did is create more time and more space for these independent militias, these are literally independent gangs that got their hands on weapons and fought in this resolution against qadhafi. but now the central government can't get these groups to give up their arms because to do so would be to give up their power. that's why having this thing go on for as long as it did which was a terrible idea. the fact is, though, the libyans don't even have control over
as we had in libya and egypt, or it can be a political mistake. i learned that the hard way when i was a junior campaign staffer working for mike dukakis and was there at the moment when he was climbing into that tank. so i'm here to tell you that you can shake up the race all kinds of ways when it comes to national security. back then in 1988, democrats were in the middle of a 30-year, 35-point deficit when it came to voter trust on national security. that security gap began in the aftermath of the vietnam war and persisted very stubbornly until about 2008 when it closed up due mostly to republican mistakes. voters were tired of the iraq war, tired of the kind of blundering that they had perceived in the bush administration and decided that both parties, there was kind of a pox on both houses. what's been very interesting -- and third way has been partnering with our own polling and focus groups for the last seven years -- is that if you look at this slide, that's the security gap. if you extend it out to the left, it gets wide and absolutely consistent going all the way back to a
and his courageous embassy staff have lost their lives in benghazi and in libya in a cruel, cold and gruesome intentional terror attack and all the while the response of this administration has communicated both weakness and lack of resolve to the world. [applause] and a top official seems in credulously apparently convinced that the only way to curtail this crisis is to put a full frontal attack on their free-speech free speech rights of american citizens. [applause] i want to be perfectly clear, this isn't just about a movie. this was an intentional act that was done by radical islamists who seek to impose their beliefs on the rest of the world, and we will not stand for it. [applause] [applause] no one here is suggesting that all muslims are radical, but we should not be ignorant of the objective reality that there is a very radical wing of islam that is dedicated to the destruction of america, of israel and of israel's allies. what we are watching develop before our eyes today are the direct consequences of this administration's policy of apology and appeasement across the gl
was that what occurred in both egypt and libya. in egypt the embassy was overrun. the egyptian copts ran away and did not protect the embassy in libya the military, the libyan military, libyan cops ran away. it did not protect the embassy. worst of all was the fact that the ambassador was murdered, killed. i'm not sure exactly how, whether he expects heated or how it actually occurred. along with three other personnel. and i did not believe that the american response was adequate. the egyptian defense strike at the american embassy in egypt initially put out a statement which was denunciatory of the video that some muslims were saying was the reason for the tax. and was not sufficiently denunciatory of the egyptian government in my judgment. then hillary put out a magnificent statement which was followed then by that white house repudiating the american embassy statement and making a statement calling the egyptian government's task. in libya, there were even more conciliatory because the libyan prisoner had denounced the attack. but that's not adequate. if the libyan government cannot control
ambassador who was killed in libya. and, you know, i would mourn any united states ambassador who was killed in the line of duty, but it makes it even harder when we know that this one was doing such a great job. christopher stevens hadgien his wife, real -- had given his life, really, to try to make peace and to try to be a force for the poisive in th positive e east. and he was our ambassador libya. and i am sad to say that it appears that this was a plot -- it was not an accident, it wasn't something that happened because he happened to be in the consulate; it apparently was a premeditated murder of our ambassador, and i know the whole country mourns the loss of someone who tries so hard to do what is right and to have this happen. so, i want to pay my respects to him and to all who knew and worked with him and to say that, in my travel that i have been so fofortunate to make as a united states senator, i am so impressed with the representatives of the united states in our embassies and consulates throughout the world. our foreign service representatives of our country do a fabulous job,
and the victims of the horrific bombing that -- attack, i should say, that happened in libya and that it is now time to remember all of the men and women who serve our country abroad in these embassies and to thank them for their service and hope for their protection. mr. president, on a chilly day in january of 2009, americans watched with pride as barack obama stood before the nation and took the presidential oath of office. for some, that experience was another milestone in a long journey to ensure that america lives up to the ideas that this country was built for everyone. the election of an african-american president shattered a barrier that many thought would never happen. the american struggle for civil rights has produced many seminal moments. rosa parks and the montgomery bus boycott, martin luther king and the march on washington, jackie robinson stepping up to the plate for the first time. but before all of these events, there were the tuskegee airmen, and george hickman, a washington resident and a tuskegee airman was truly part of america's greatest generation. they were the cataly
in libya and keep their families and our prayers. it's significant that we come here today and dedication to find pieces of information we can find to determine how better to keep the americans that serve us so well safe as they try to keep us safe so with that mr. chairman think keefer will in today's hearing. three years ago in november 5th, 2009 the nation was shocked by the mass shooting that occurred at the deployment center in fort hood texas. during the shooting 13 lives were lost, 43 individuals were wounded and the lives of so many others were forever changed. it became evident the warning signs existed before the tragedy and should have at a minimum been investigated. they had knowledge of major hasan's potential threat to homeland security. the actions leading up to the massacre by the major species, the sole suspect in the murder should have been stopped on a greater concern on the part of officials yet the botts routt connected. integration wasn't shared and the lack of the policies and protocols led to the colossal breakdown in communication. in december 2009 at the directio
and, again i'm glad to see we're phasing out of afghanistan. on the issue of libya today, stunning the lack of coordination between the intelligence community and the state department and now that we're reacting when we could have been proactive, didn't have a marine corp. attachment on the ground, in tripoli, the embassy, pretended it was a permissive environment, which was stunning to me costing the lives of the u.s. ambassador and two of his co-workers. with that said, let me put a question out to the united states marine corp.. with our ability to respond in the region with fast teams and ops how to sequester and impact that capability? >> what we make every effort to do is ensure the current operations don't suffer so the expectation would be that the marines in information are support teams in the forces necessary to do the things you eluded to a minute ago, would be resourced. where you see the price being paid is units at home station, again, already in the greatest state of readiness. this further exacerbates that readiness, but does not affect the readiness of forces depl
of lives, not about pushing cookies and pinstripes. do you think the situation in libya, in retrospect, should have had more of a crossover between the militaristic end? paul corson with cnn. thank you. >> bill goodfellow, center for international policy. what are we doing to promote a political settlement? as distasteful as it might seem, i think some sort of deal with the taliban has to be put in place or else the civil war's going to continue, and even the good enough, afghanistan good enough that you suggest, i just don't see it's possible. they're tenacious, they're not about to be defeated as long as they have pakistan's backing, and i just think that much more emphasis has to be put on a political -- [inaudible] >> great, great questions, all. we have seen and i referred to them protests in afghanistan before over perceived affronts to islam. you know, what has just occurred doesn't really surprise me, and i think there's going to be trouble in pakistan too. you know, there's kind of a fuse on these things. you know, libya's a wildcard because we still don't know that much about
in libya and keep their families in our prayers and thoughts, it is significant that we come here today in dedication to find every piece of information we can find that will determine how better to keep the americans that serve us so well safe as they try to keep us safe. so with that, mr. chairman, i thank you for o holding today's hearing. three years ago on november 5, 2009, the nation was shocked by the maas shooting -- mass shooting that occurred at the army deployment center located at fort hood, texas. during the shooting 13 lives were lost, 43 individuals were wounded, and the lives of so many others were forever changed. it later became evident that the warning signs existed well before the tragedy and should have at a minimum been further investigated. both the fbi, the department of defense had knowledge of major hasan's potential as a threat to homeland security. the actions leading up to the massacre by major nidal malik hasan, is sole suspect, should have unequivocally sparked a greater concern, yet dots were not connected, information was not shared, and the lack of form
recently returned from libya to andrews after their assassination in libya. chris stevens was one of our best and our brightest. we have a lot of great foreign service officers. we have very few who are equally adept at managing the complexities of washington as they are at managing the complexities of the region. and chris was one of that, that very small tribe. like so many of us, i feel his loss very deeply and personally. it is a reminder that diplomacy in the hard parts of the world and those parts are growing regularly, um, is not about pushing cookies and pinstripes. it's about risking your lives and the lives of those who ride with you on these missions. i was an ambassador six times; lebanon, kuwait, syria, pakistan, iraq, afghanistan. and in three of those six countries, half of them, a predecessor of mine was assassinated. so, again, i don't need to tell this audience, but your foreign service is, has been and will continue to be very much not just on the front lines of diplomacy, but on the front lines of conflict. um, i was, it was suggested to me that i talk a bit this afte
spring has produced tangible improvements in people's lives. this isn't right. look at libya since the fall of gaddafi we've created a new congress and now plans to integrate groups into the national police and army. none of this is to ignore the huge and so bring challenges that remain. the murder of the ambassador chris stevens was a despicable act of terrorism. but the right responses to finish the work that chris stevens gave his life to and that is what the vast majority of libyans want, too. we saw that in ben zazi last weekend as they took to the streets refusing to allow extremists to hijack their chance for dhaka see. the arab spring has brought progress in egypt with of the democratically elected president as civilian control over the military. in yemen and tunisia where the elections support the government to power and in morocco where there is a new constitution and a prime minister appointed on the basis of the popular vote for the first time. and even further appealed somalia has also taken the first step forward by electing a new president. so there has been progress
in libya, egypt, or, you know, northern africa or here occupy wall street, do you have -- they seem to spring up and they kind of get -- they kind of disappear or get kind of coopted by the egypt case the military, in libya, i'm not sure, in tunisia i'm not sure what happened there. occupy wall street evaporates. why should you have a progressive political party to aspire to. is there a traditional political party that the protesters would consider joining, and or is it a kind of a vacuum at that level? >> there's a vacuum at that level because there why no political parties because of the party system has been destroyed. in a sense that offers something of an advantage over, you know, say occupy wall street because there's no structures to coo opt the protest movement. it wasn't be swallowed up by political party because those parties don't exist. yms obviously the danger of fizzles is there, and i'm scared of it. but the danger of -- not so much. >> okay. thank you. we wish you all good things. >> thank you. >> thank you all for womaning. -- coming. [applause] what we can do out i
, governor. >> governor kaine, turning to libya, there's reports suggesting the u.s. consulate in benghazi nay not have had security despite the warnings of the heightened risks. do you think the obama situation could have handled better before or after the attack? >> i don't know the details. we have to study it. i'm sure the answer to the question is yes. when something goes wrong, there's always something you could have done better. whiffs governor, but -- when i was governor, by darkest actually was april 2007, a shooting in virginia tech, the worst crime in the history of the state. i landed in japan on a trade mission, and i got back on, flew back, and i dealt with grieving family members in the community, and what i said from day one is we're going to put in place a panel of people with a broad expertise with no connection to virginia tech, and we'll have them turn it upside down to determine everything that could have been done different to minimize the chance that anything like that happens again. we can't prevent it, but we can minimize that chance. we found a lot of things that
at our diplomatic posts in libya. more than half have people there to protect. but to have them there. he made the decision. >> well, i think security at diplomatic facilities is overseen by an run by the state department, so i would refer you to them about how decisions are made about the allocation of resources was. i think they're the best people to answer that question. >> some concerns that there was a failure by someone in the of ministration to insurer added that security measures? >> well, the concern that violent actions were taken that led to the deaths of four americans. you could be sure that he is concerned about that and he is absolutely concerned that we take the necessary measures to make sure that those who killed americans are brought to justice, and he has been focused from the beginning of assuring that adequate security reinforcements be brought to bear at embassies and consulates and diplomatic facilities where deemed necessary. again, an investigation, a broad investigation into what happened at howard why, and we will await the results. >> the perpetrator. >> well,
century forever. in libya they're trying to cooperate with us. they're allowing us to move forward. we should work with them and strengthen them, not abandon them. and i didn't mention pakistan but that's important too. let me just say it's outrageous that doctor is being held there. i believe every charge against him is trumped up, and i think we should demand and i think it is right to condition some if not all of our foreign aid and cooperation with pakistan on his status and on his release. i hope senator paul and those who support his amendment will consider at a minimum restructuring that amendment to recognize that there's a difference between libya and egypt, and we should take different approaches in that regard. we have a right to be trainld, we have a right to be angry, but we should never abandon being smart. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina is recognized. mrs. hagan: i ask unanimous consent i be permitted to speak up to 1015 minutes as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection, so ord
in egypt and libya. i am deeply saddened by the death of our ambassador there as well as several other american citizens, and i join all america -- not only in condemning these attacks but in also sending my prayers and thoughts to the families of those killed by these senseless and horrific acts of violence. on to the veterans jobs corps act, mr. president, because as we all know, as we've seen by this who are refuseic violence and by -- by this horrific violence and by what we've seen overseas and in the mideast, our troops face that every single day when they're there, as do our diplomats. they face that kind of threat. and when they come home to this country, we must treat them with great dignity and respect. i've always believed that when we ask our young men and women to fight in defense of our nation, we make a promise that we will give them the resources they need to complete their mission. we also promise to take care of them when they come home to this country. when they signed up to serve, there wasn't waiting line, a understand when the come home to the -- and when they com
of thousands of people. the president of egypt is a member of the muslim brotherhood. our ambassador to libya was assassinated in a terrorist attack. iran is moving toward nuclear weapons capability. some of you that we are at the mercy of events rather than shaping events. i'm often asked why, what can we do about it, to leave the middle east to stability and ease the suffering and anger and the hate and violence? obviously religious extremism is certainly a part of the problem, but that's not the whole story. the population of the middle east is very young, as you know, particularly in comparison with a population of the developed nations. and typically these young people, as the president indicated a moment ago, don't have a lot of job prospects. the levels of youth unemployment across the region are excessive and chronic. and in nations that have undergone a change in leadership recently, young people have greater access to information. in the past that was being carefully guarded by tyrants and dictators. but now it's available. they see the good as well as the bad in surrounding societi
the people is ambassador stevens is killed, therefore let's walk away from libya. i just don't think is intellectually indefensible. you have to say, which elements of pakistan are the progressives if we believe they exist and i believe they do. which elements do have common issues with us? if we are to look forward to pakistan opening up, if we are to look forward to pakistan's energy self-sufficient has proper education up into the world economy, and therefore less susceptible perhaps to extremism in the country. i think we have to do a better job and i think many people in this room have an understanding of pakistan and gmail who are the people we had to work with? it's not pakistan as such. given the flawed relations of institutions in the country. usually choose to work with and which then how could we work i had, but we are going to create strategic partnership in 12 areas. your cyberculture, water and we're going to do bilaterally. we will have a one-size-fits-all institutional links. some of these problems are give into that kind kind of structure. so we have to say where do
in tunisia, libya, egypt, bahrain, syria, yemen. the heartland of al qaeda and al qaeda was absolutely irrelevant to it. doesn't mean al qaeda won't exploit it but it was irrelevant to the movement. and what was tis movement about? this movement was about responsive government, responsible government, transparent government. the rule of law. democracy, voting -- wait a minute. wait. we know something about this stuff. as disruptive as the arab awakening has been, as, in the near term in midterm caused us some serious diplomatic and maybe even counterterrorism challenges, over the longer term it has created a new dialogue in this deep fight, a dialogue about which we have genuine legitimacy and can offer views. so in my personal view for the first time we actually can engage in this deeper idealogical conflict in a way that which never have before. so at the end of the day, what that means is, other elements of the american government, besides your intelligence and security services, besides the department of defense and the cia, need to get into this, diplomaticly, politically, economi
this month when the violence broke out at u.s. diplomatic outposts in libya and egypt, romney jumped to accuse obama of disgraceful handling of the situation, including sympathizing with those who waged the attacks instead of condemning them, and making it a quote apology for american principles. again, we fact checked that and we pointed out that neither an unofficial statement from the cairo embassy nor statement from secretary of state hillary clinton, nor obama's own statement had any sympathy for the attackers. and religious incitement from the anti-muslim film didn't come anywhere close to being an apology. again, by any definition. so i have a feeling that romney stands ready to apply this overly broad definition of apology at any opportunity in the debates or during the endgame of the campaign. >> thank you, jim. before i make my own prediction, i want to know something kind of remarkable has happened the last couple of days. both candidates have been asked about and referred to fact-checking, and their reaction to the. we've got a clip i think of what president obama said in
, iranian president ahmadinejad and friday leadership from libya. speeches and others throughout the week on c-span and online at >>> house industry experts recently before a house ways and means subcommittee to discuss funding cuts to the medicare advantage program under the health care law. karen ignani president and ceo of america's health insurance plans told members that the organization has serious concerns over the scale and scope of the reductions. this is about an hour 20 minutes. >> the subcommittee will come to order. today we will hear testimony regarding the current role of medicare health plans and looked at the future of how these plans can continue to effectively serve medicare beneficiaries. as you know we'll be having votes earlier than expected. to in the interest of time and to insure we hear the witness's testimony, i ask unanimous consent that my opening statement be made part of the record. without objection so ordered. i would also ask that we do, that if we do get interrupted by votes, i ask the members to return so we can finish questions. also, befor
diplomatic posts in libya and egypt. like many of my colleagues, i am outraged and saddened by the brutal murder of four courageous americans in a cowardly, unconscionable attack on the united states consulate in been gaza, libya, their families families -- benghazi, libya. their families thoughts are in my prayers. these brave diplomats were patriots and professionals putting their lives on the line to advance american ideas and interests. their vital work is done daily by countless americans, diplomats abroad who serve in every corner of the world. in my own visit to libya last year, with a number of my colleagues, including senators mccain and senator graham, i saw the vital work and the accomplishment of such brave americans on the ground in great peril and severe danger. i also saw their sense of satisfaction and patriotism in the work that they are doing and i add my voice to my colleagues in asking for more support for security, enhanced safeguards and protection for our diplomats in these kinds of situations. they go about their work with understated perseverance and determination
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